Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim on Serendipitous Creativity, Religion, and Ecology

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim are a husband and wife team of Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale University in the School of the Environment, the Divinity School, and the Department of Religious Studies, with specializations in East Asian religions and Indigenous religions. They co-direct the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and are the creators of the new Coursera series, Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community. In this episode, Mary Evelyn and John discuss their decades of work at the intersection of ecology and the world’s religions, as informed by their mentor Thomas Berry and with the hopeful, deep-time perspective of our evolving universe.


Coursera courses by Mary Evelyn and John:

Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community

Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times

Yale Forum on Ecology and Religion:

Journey of the Universe film/book/podcasts:

Thomas Berry Website:

United Nations Environment Programme Faith for Earth Initiative:


Ecology and Religion, by John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker. Washington DC: Island Press, 2014

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times, by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams. New York: Celadon Books, 2021